Friends of Cherryhurst Park 

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Friends of Cherryhurst Park (FCP) presents 
Claudia Kolker, award-winning journalist and Montrose neighbor,
discussing her book, The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Cherryhurst Park Community Center (1700 Missouri St, Houston, TX 77006)

Book Reviews of "The Immigrant Advantage:"

"A sparkling debut and reminder that America was built by immigrants in search of a better future for their children" -- Kirkus reviews

"A fabulous, fun, eye-opening read" -- Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

One of O Magazine's Ten Titles to Pick up Now

6:15pm - 6:45pm Registration (free) and Refreshments (provided by The Phoenix on Westheimer)
6:45pm - 7:45pm Claudia Kolker - Speaks about her book and takes questions from the audience.

Although the event is free, donations are appreciated.  All donations will go to the FCP which enhances, promotes, and advocates for this historic park in the heart of Montrose to ensure it will be enjoyed for generations to come. 


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October 25, 2014


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WHO: The Friends of Cherryhurst Park invites the public to attend a

WHAT: Screening of the Kinder Institute's dynamic new film "Interesting Times."

  Dr. Klineberg, Sociology Professor and co-director of the Kinder Institute 

for Urban Research at Rice University, will introduce the film and lead a 

Q & A session.

WHERE:   Cherryhurst Park Community Center, 1700 Missouri St., Houston, TX 77006

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2012; 

6:30 pm - social time;   7:00 pm - program begins

RSVP: There is no fee, but space is limited. To attend, please RSVP to  



ABOUT “INTERESTING TIMES: Tracking Houston’s Transformations Through 30 Years of Surveys:”

This film, featuring Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, provides a vivid depiction of the findings from 30 years of systematic research tracking the economic and demographic transformations of the Houston region. No other metropolitan area in America has been the focus of a long-term research program of this scope. None more clearly exemplifies the trends that are rapidly refashioning the social and political landscape of urban America. The film documents through the Houston experience three of the most critical issues of our time: 1. the need to mitigate the growing inequalities based on access to quality higher education; 2. the central importance of quality-of-life issues in attracting the talent that will grow the local economy; and 3. the challenge of building a truly successful, inclusive, equitable and united multiethnic society. As the film asserts, Houston is one of the places where the American future is going to be worked out. 


In March 1982, Klineberg and his students conducted what they thought would be a one-time survey of public attitudes in an Anglo-male-dominated biracial Southern city that was riding its location near the East Texas oil fields to continued prosperity. Two months after that first survey, the oil boom collapsed. Year after year, the annual studies have continued to track the changes in the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, life experiences, attitudes and beliefs of Harris County residents, as the region went through a major recession and then recovered into a fundamentally restructured economy and a remarkable demographic revolution. The three decades of systematic surveys tell a story rich in the kind of data and insight that can inspire informed decision-making. 

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